BSP Spring Meeting 2019

University of Manchester, 15-17th April

Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection

1st – 6th September, 2019: Hydra, Greece.

Registration: 13th Jan- 29th March 2019.




About the meeting

The study of helminth parasites continues to excite great interest across the suite of modern scientific themes. With a wealth of genome information and high-throughput technologies, new drug and vaccine development, and intricate host-parasite molecular interactions, we are witnessing a new era of research on these organisms and the diseases they cause. Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection will be the 13th in a highly successful series now held every year on the beautiful island of Hydra, Greece. All major helminth research areas are covered, including new genomics of animal- and plant-parasitic nematodes, interfaces with free-living helminths such as C. elegans and planarians, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, pharmacology, immunology and vaccine research, all aimed at creating new strategies for control of these prevalent parasitic organisms and the diseases they cause.


Meeting home

Meeting registration

Registration for 2019 will open on Monday January 14 and close on Friday March 29. For questions, please email us at
Attendance is limited to 100 people, consistent with a discussion-orientated meeting in which every delegate is an active participant – early registration is encouraged.

Invited speakers 2019

Keynote Speaker

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, USA
Small RNA Mini-Symposium

Confirmed Speakers

Amy Buck, Edinburgh, UK
Louisa Cochella, Vienna, Austria
Alison Elliott, Entebbe, Uganda
Carolina Escobar, Toledo, Spain
Elodie Ghedin, New York, USA
Nicola Harris, Melbourne, Australia
Karl Hoffmann, Aberystwyth UK
P’ng Loke, New York USA
Peter Sarkies, London, UK
William Sullivan, Santa Cruz, USA

Example program (2018)

The Meeting Program is organized primarily from abstracts submitted by participants, a small group of invited speakers, and an invited Keynote Speaker. Many abstracts are selected for short talks and there are two poster sessions. Ample time to interact with participants is available with free time in the afternoons to explore the island and head to the beach.

See 2018 program

Travel to Hydra

Hydra is a small island in the Argo Saronic Gulf, lying off the east coast of the Peloponnese and easily reached by hydrofoil from the Athens port of Piraeus.

Travel information


The meeting is held at the Bratsera Hotel. A wide range of accommodation is available within 5-10 minutes walk of the conference venue, including pensions for those on a tight budget.


Organizing Committee

Dick Davis, University of Colorado
Kleoniki Gounaris, Imperial College
Rick Maizels, University of Glasgow
Murray Selkirk, Imperial College

Parasitic Nematodes: Bridging the Divide workshop abstract solicitation

As part of the 21st International C.elegans conference, we would like to solicit contributions to the workshop on parasitic nematodes.

We are pleased to invite student and postdoc abstract submissions for 5 minute lightning talks to be presented at the NSF-sponsored, 3rd Parasitic Nematodes: Bridging the Divide workshop. We encourage submissions that address the broad theme of C. elegans as a model for parasitic nematode biology, including work relating to human, animal, and plant parasitic nematodes and from both a basic biology standpoint or a translational perspective. The platform provided by this workshop represents a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to interact with other researchers at the intersection of C. elegans biology and parasitology. These five minute talks will be presented on the first day of the 21st International C. elegans Meeting. The presenting authors must be available during any of the limited number of possible time slots available. Abstract submissions are due on May 12th at 5pm PST and presenting authors will be notified of decisions by May 19th. Instructions for logistics and formatting of lightning talk presentations will follow acceptance.

Abstract Format: Abstracts should be limited to 2,500 characters in total, including the title, authors, author affiliations, main body, and spaces. Abstracts should be sent to the workshop e-mail address ( as a single PDF file with subject heading “Lightning Talk Abstract”. A notification of receipt will follow submission. Accepted abstracts will appear online in a Worm Breeder’s Gazette article and titles will be listed on the International Worm Meeting website.

Workshop Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Workshop Time: 2:30pm- 5:30pm
Workshop Location: Sunset Village Grand Horizon Ballroom

Lightning Talk Abstract Submission Deadline: May 12, 2017 (5pm PST)
Notification of Acceptance: May 19, 2017

Evolution of pathogen and parasite avoidance behaviours – Theo Murphy meeting

Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 June 2017 evolution-social-media
The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre

Organised by Dr Rachel McMullan and Cecile Sarabian

Dear Colleague

I am organising an exciting 2-day, residential-style meeting at Royal Society Chicheley Hall on 12-13 June 2017 entitled, Evolution of pathogen and parasite avoidance behaviours.

This meeting will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scientists in the field of pathogen and parasite avoidance, such as invertebrates, vertebrates and humans. Further information can be found here:

The meeting is free to attend; participants just have to cover their accommodation, travel and subsistence. Please let me know if you need more information.

Best wishes


Molecular Helminthology Meeting in Cape Cod (19th-22nd March 2017)

Registration remains open for the “Molecular Helminthology: An Integrated Approach” conference, which will be held from 19th to 22nd March 2017 at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, Cape Cod, MA, USA.

Late abstract submissions are accepted until 31st January 2017.

WormBase ParaSite will be hosting a workshop at this meeting. Join us between 10:00 and 10:45 on Monday 20th March to learn more about WormBase ParaSite.

Further details and registration:

British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 Spring Meeting of the British Society for Parasitology (BSP), which will be held from 11th April to 13th April at Imperial College London.  A WormBase ParaSite workshop will feature as part of the schedule.

Outline Schedule:
Registration & Abstract Submission:

If you would like to attend the WormBase ParaSite workshop, we would be grateful if you could complete this short form:  Although advance registration is not required to attend, your responses will help us to tailor the workshop content.